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TWO PROTESTORS WERE ARRESTED outside the Finnish Parliament building today, partly because the assembled group of demonstrators refused to obey lockdown rules that stipulate gatherings of more than 10 people are prohibited.
A SMALL GROUP OF PROTESTORS GATHERED OUTSIDE HELSINKI'S CENTRAL RAILWAY STATION this afternoon to demonstrate against the actions of India's security forces this week, who have violently quelled protests across the Subcontinent this week in actions that have caused at least a dozen fatalities.
AROUND 300 PROTESTORS GATHERED at the Hakaniemi Market Square on Saturday afternoon to demonstrate against Turkey's ongoing military incursion into Syria, the fourth such protest to take place in the Finnish capital in recent weeks. The protests went peacefully and without incident.
THE VISIT OF RUSSIAN LEADER VLADIMIR PUTIN to Helsinki yesterday brought the city to a virtual standstill in some areas, with a security presence unseen since the visit of Donald Trump in 2018.
FINLAND'S AMBASSADOR TO THE UK, MARKKU KEINÄNEN, was granted a private audience with Queen Elizabeth II in Buckingham Palace today. The purpose of the meeting was the 'presenting of credentials' to the Queen.
THE FINNISH ANIMAL RESCUED SERVICE rushed to a frozen river in Siikalatva in North Ostrobothnia today to help rescue an injured deer that had fallen through the ice. It is believed that the animal had spent several hours trying to free itself before assistance arrived.
THE RUSSIAN-FINNISH BORDER NEAR LAPPEENRANTA SAW SOME TRANSNATIONAL FESTIVITIES earlier today when the Finnish and Russian Santa Claus characters met along with throngs of festive partygoers from both countries.
SLUSH 2019 HAS KICKED OFF TODAY at Messukeskus, Helsinki, drawing 25,000 attendees from dozens of countries. One of the world's largest tech startup festivals, this year's event aims to highlight why companies need to be focused on "profit over growth" and pivot towards sustainable models.
THE TRADITIONAL ST. LUCIA DAY FESTIVAL, a celebration of light during the dark winter period, kicked off at Helsinki Cathedral last night, with this year's 'Lucia Lady' being Sara Ray, a 24-year-old education student from Ostrobothnia.
STOCKMANN HAS UNVEILED THEIR ANNUAL CHRISTMAS WINDOW DISPLAY at their Helsinki department store, with hundreds of people lining up around the block to catch a glimpse of the festive display.
AN ENTERPRISING HELSINKI BAKERY responded to a dramatic decline in orders this week by serving up something that is apparently in great demand; toilet paper. The staff at Ronttosrouva Bakery in Malmi began creating novelty cakes that look exactly like toilet roll, in a cheeky nod to the widespread panic buying of the product in recent weeks.
THOUSANDS OF BALLS OF ICE, each the size of a full-grown chicken egg, have appeared on a beach on the Ostrobothnian island of Hailuoto, prompting a wave of adventurous travelers to flock to the region to see the natural phenomena for themselves. These rare formations occur when turbulent waves near the shore break up mounds of slush on the coastline.
MORE THAN 12,000 YOUNG CONSCRIPTS arrived at the Santahamina military base in Eastern Helsinki today to begin their national service at one of the largest training academies in the country. The beginning of the calendar year is often the busiest time for the registration of new recruits.
THE NORMALLY FLAT AND MONOTONOUS SANDS of Aurinkolahden Beach in Eastern Helsinki was transformed on Monday by the appearance of thousands of sandcastles, as part of an environmentally-charged public art project.
FINLAND'S NATIONAL FOOTBALL TEAM secured a historic victory over Liechtenstein last night that will see them enter the European Championships for the first time ever. Two of the goals scored in the 3-0 victory were the work of Teemu Pukki, the Norwich City striker who recently made a name for himself in the English Championship League.
A WILD FOX WAS SPOTTED at Helsinki's Presidential Palace on Tuesday morning, prompting plenty of lighthearted commentary at a time when government ministers assembled inside the palace were no doubt facing a difficult day.
ANNUAL VAPPU CELEBRATIONS ARE NOW UNDERWAY across the Finnish capital, with disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic having already had a clear impact on the annual holiday, as city officials urge the public to stay at home throughout the coming days. You can see some select photos of May Day-eve celebrations in Helsinki by scrolling down.
THE VINTAGE UKKO-PEKKA STEAM LOCOMOTIVE departed with its first passengers from Helsinki today, as part of a limited series of trips available to train enthusiasts. The journey departs from Helsinki and arrives at Siuntio Railway Station 90 minutes later.
VOLUNTEERS GAVE OUT HUNDREDS OF CHRISTMAS MEALS to lonely and disadvantaged individuals in Helsinki yesterday as part of an annual event at Messukeskus. President Sauli Niinistö attended the event, where he spoke to attendees and gave a speech about togetherness and solidarity.
UNPRECEDENTED WILDFIRES HAVE BROKEN OUT in the popular resort island of Gran Canaria, causing as many as 9000 holidaymakers to evacuate.
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